This clone recognizes the α-like subunit, as determined by SDS-PAGE. This monoclonal antibody is useful for cell purification, delineating lineage relationships among cells with dendritic morphology, and for molecular studies.
CD103 (ITGAE, Integrin alpha E) is molecule that is expressed on mucosa-associated T lymphocytes and activated cells and on subet of TGF beta -1 cells. In particular, CD103 includes a 150kDa alpha chain and a 120kDa beta chain. CD103 is expressed by 0.5 to 2% of resting lymphocytes in peripheral blood and lymphoid organs. CD103 antibody stains a few bone marrow cells and, rarely, peripheral blood lymphocytes. CD103 is part of the integrin family which are heterodimeric integral membrane proteins composed of an alpha chain and a beta chain. ITGAE encodes an I-domain-containing alpha integrin that undergoes post-translational cleavage in the extracellular domain, yielding disulfide-linked heavy and light chains. In combination with the beta 7 integrin, CD103 protein forms the E-cadherin binding integrin known as the human mucosal lymphocyte-1 antigen. CD103 is preferentially expressed in human intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IEL), and in addition to a role in adhesion, it may serve as an accessory molecule for IEL activation. Diseases associated with CD103 dysfunction include hairy cell leukemia and splenic marginal zone lymphoma.
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